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How do I become a Member of NSW NASSA?

To become a member or renew your membership of NSW Neighbour Aid & Social Support Association Incorporated, please click here

WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE A PEAK BODY FOR NEARLY EVERY INDIVIDUAL PROGRAM?

Peaks have developed over time in response to the unique concerns of each service type and the need to clearly articulate their individual benefits for consumers and how each is delivered.  This has been vital during periods of reform, to ensure nothing is lost to consumers.  Of course, NASSA is always happy to engage with other Peak Bodies to see how we can work together. It should be noted that NASSA does not receive core funding from government; however, we generally receive help with the conference [to subsidise travel and ensure all SS providers can participate].

NASSA representatives attend NSW Community Care Forum which is attended by ACSA, NSW Meals on Wheels and other peaks to discuss issues facing the Sector as a whole. NASSA executive members had meetings in Canberra to advocate the continuation of funding that supported the extension to 2020.  Now at every opportunity, including the last conference where Departments heads attended, we consistently emphasise our members’ agreed message that block funding is essential for the long term continuation of Social Support activities.

Also in the past, NASSA commissioned a consultant to help us to explore partnerships with other Peak Bodies, but unfortunately we were unable to move things forward.

WHAT NASSA CAN OFFER AS A PEAK BODY

NASSA is an Association of CHSP-funded Social Support service providers working together for optimal care today and sustainable Social Support of older people in the future.  It is:

  • fundamentally about collaboration; it is a non-competitive Association of members with common goals
  • focused on articulating and promoting the values of Social Support separate from other types of service supports eg.personal care, domestic assistance
  • independent of government funding, with a volunteer Executive Committee of service coordinators operating their own Social Support Service
  • transparent in providing equity of membership, regardless of organisation size or location
  • able to offer value for money in membership fees and conference costs, and is not for profit
  • focused on advocating for our members and their consumers, not for our survival as a Peak Body
  • an active participant in NSW Community Care Forum with other provider and consumer Peak Bodies to collaborate, lobby governments, network and form partnerships in projects
  • constantly meeting with other Peak Bodies
  • able to initiate sector development projects eg. ACCOM tool development
  • keeping members updated on industry changes, and facilitates their response to reform
  • liaising with Government on Social Support issues and at every opportunity advocate for longevity of block funding beyond 2020.